Northumberland National Park recently announced the winners of its 2012 Awards. The Awards were established to recognise and reward the efforts of individuals, businesses and community groups who are helping the National Park Authority and its partners to achieve the aims of the National Park Management Plan.
Joyce and Colin Taylor won the Welcomimg Award and this was well deserved. They have developed the Forest View Inn at Byrness over the last twelve years out of a former youth hostel into a welcome and comfortable place to stay and fully understand the needs of PW walkers and other travelers such as cyclists. In addition they pick up PW walkers at the halfway point on the difficult and lengthy final stage and bring them back to home cooked meals and real ale. I would imagine that all PW members will be pleased to hear about this award!
There was also a special mention to Geoff Holland for his unpaid role as champion of the Cheviots. Have a look at his website at www.cheviotwalks.co.uk especially if you are thinking of a few days there.
The Curlew Award, which is given for an exceptional contribution to the National Park went to Jimmy and Jean Givens. In the 1980s and 1990s Jimmy was the head warden for the National Park and did much work on improving the conditions of the PW on the border fence (along with Trevor Hardy and others) and later the couple carried out a great deal of work as volunteers. It would be remiss of me not to mention the special mention for Marion Graham who has looked after legions of cyclists, including myself, at The Old School House Tearoom in Elsdon and also found time to create a cycling museum.
Members may remember that the Curlew (which is the emblem for the NP) Award was last year won by our Vice President and his wife Trevor and Dorothy Hardy. The PW obviously plays a major role in the work of the National Park.